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Vanderbilt University

5.0 of 5 stars

February 2016 | CURRENT STUDENT

Uppers

It is a great campus with high academic standard and amazing resources

Downers

I do not love that some classes are lecture halls and other are very small

Comments

It is an amazing learning environment that will help you to flourish academically and socially

Would You Recommend

Yes

The Harvard of the South

4.0 of 5 stars

February 2016 | CURRENT STUDENT

Uppers

Vanderbilt fosters a very competitive environment amongst its students. It is a liberal arts school that encourages each student to explore a diverse range of academic subjects.

Downers

Sometimes, the school makes students feel as though they are on their own in the job search process.

Comments

It is important to understand that this school is the definition of "work hard, play hard."

Would You Recommend

Yes

2010 Graduate Review

4.0 of 5 stars

August 2015 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

Access to some of the best minds in any filed (I studied economics)—if you can establish a good working relationship with the professors. Beautiful campus.

Downers

Homogenous, apolitical, entitled student body. Greek life seems to trump all.

Comments

If greek life is not for you, don't let it scare you away—it takes some more effort, but there are plenty of meaningful opportunities to take advantage of, from intramural and club sports to model UN.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Holistic Experience

5.0 of 5 stars

August 2015 | CURRENT STUDENT

Uppers

Everyone at Vandy is smart and going places - but it's the kind of place where "smart" isn't enough to do well. Vandy forces you to develop yourself as a whole to be successful - socially, physically, academically.

Downers

Pressure cooker. Similar issues to all other top-tier schools - the pressure to do it all builds up.

Comments

Vandy is a fantastic school for students who want a high caliber education inside and outside the classroom.

Would You Recommend

Yes

5.0 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Vanderbilt is a liberal arts school so there is a liberal arts core that you must complete. The number of hours required for the liberal arts core differs from major to major. This is the same for the major requirements. Academic advising for the Engineering school is very helpful since you declare your major when you apply. Therefore your advisor is within your major field and they are your advisor for four years. They are very helpful in recommending classes and helping you decide which paths to take. The class sizes are reasonably small especially once you get into your major classes. The professors are very willing to meet with you whenever you are available to go over tests, homework, or just if you need advice. They are very flexible and understanding and want you to do well. The research opportunities here are amazing and not very hard to find. All you have to do is talk with your professors or ask around and most likely you will find a research opportunity that suits you. The classes are challenging and the workload is reflective of that, but if you learn how to manage your time you should be perfectly fine. I find that most students are able to balance the workload with having a life.

Quality of Life

The housing is extremely nice and there are multiple options for living styles on campus. The campus is beautiful and the food is wonderful. The libraries are well-kept with plenty of study spaces. I really love the campus and think the quality of life at Vanderbilt is exceptional.

Admissions

Vanderbilt uses the Common Application, which makes it pretty easy to apply. You can do an interview (I did) in your hometown and it is beneficial for the student to get to know more about Vanderbilt. There are two different Early Decision deadlines, which is nice if you aren't sure you want to go to Vanderbilt by November. Vanderbilt offers lots of financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2012

5.0 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Admissions

common application
financial aid and scholarship opportunities
ED I, ED II, regular decision
interviews with alumni

Level

3

Graduation Year

2013

5.0 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Vanderbilt is a liberal arts school and therefore each major requires a liberal arts core, but the number of hours and restrictions are dependent upon school and major. The major degree requirements vary in the number of hours and required classes. Each student has a faculty advisor and for most majors, the advisor for your major is assigned after your major is declared sophomore year. While there are some lecture classes that are large, most classes that are focused on specific majors are reasonably small. Professors are always willing to meet with students and give advice as well as research opportunities. Students can participate in research starting their freshman year if they are ambitious. Vanderbilt is competitive, but at the same time students will help each other do well and understand work. Grading is hard, but it is usually accurate and reflective of the work done. The falculty at Vanderbilt are amazing and relevent in their fields. Vanderbilt is a hard school, but if you can get in you can handle the workload.

Admissions

Vanderbilt uses the common application and offers financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Students can apply early decision one or two and it is binding. Vanderbilt also offers non-mandatory interviews.

Level

4

Graduation Year

2012

5.0 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

general requirements and core classes, major degree requirements, academic advisors, small class sizes, research-one university, accessible professors, extremely competitive, notable faculty, study abroad and work study opportunities

Quality of Life

EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!!!

Admissions

common application, financial aid and scholarship opportunities

Level

3

Graduation Year

2013

4.8 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Admissions

Extensive application with essays, letters of recommendation, etc.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2013

4.8 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Core requirements differ, they are unique for each of our four schools. Every student will take at least 1/3 of classes in the College of Arts & Science. Academic advising is random until you declare your major. About 80% of classes have less than 30 students. The largest classes are the beginning courses such as General Chem or Econ 101. Vanderbilt is a research 1 university, with over $450 million invested in our research. There are 120 + research centers on campus, spanning all our undergraduate schools and departments. Many of my friends are involved in on campus research, a lot of students opt to spend the summer in Nashville doing research as well. All majors can study abroad during our fall or spring semester, Maymester, or summer sessions. Credits from other schools will transfer so the opportunities are endless.

Admissions

Common Application with a short supplement.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2012

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